Speaking to ESPN, Alejandro Romero has urged Tottenham to avoid the rumoured transfer of Clement Lenglet from Barcelona this summer.
Spurs have been on the hunt for a left-footed centre-back all window. Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol have both been rumoured to interest Fabio Paratici, however these players currently seem beyond reach (Evening Standard).
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano recently reported that the Lilywhites have reached a full agreement on personal terms with Lenglet and are advancing in talks concerning the structure of the deal with Barca.
The 27-year-old has made 158 appearances in his time at the Spotify Camp Nou (TransferMarkt). However, he has struggled to impress current Barca boss Xavi Hernandez, making only six La Liga starts last season (TransferMarkt).
Lenglet, whose contract expires in 2026, may look to revitalise his career under the guidance of Antonio Conte at Spurs, but Romero believes the move would prove to be a bad one (ESPN).
Debating the topic, he said: “In terms of Lenglet, honestly, if I am Spurs, then I stay away.
“Lenglet has been a player, instead of seeing progression, we have seen regression. We have seen a guy that’s gone backwards.
“Talking about going backwards, speed is not his strength. I don’t like this match-up at all of Lenglet being exposed in the Premier League, with strikers that have speed to get around and into the channel.
“If you are playing with a back three, then guess what? Strikers will spin off, get into the channel and he is going to be forced to defend out wide. I don’t like that match-up at all.”
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Although clearly not the primary target for that left centre-back position, I believe that Conte will be able to raise Lenglet’s game and restore his confidence.
He is a fine passer and very composed on the ball. Any defensive frailties should be alleviated by the presence of Eric Dier and Cristian Romero, both who were outstanding last season.
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